VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The NHL is cracking down on the use of Twitter by its players. No tweeting will be allowed from two hours before game time until after the post-game interviews are done.

The new policy, which took effect yesterday, allows the league to discipline players for social media comments seen as damaging to the league, specific teams, or the game of hockey in general.

Pro athletes seem to have a knack for tweeting comments that get them in trouble.

NBA player Hasheem Thabeet got in trouble for tweets he sent about a fellow passenger on an airplane. The large man needed two seats; the basketball player lost his aisle seat as a result and shared his outrage with the world.

NFL running back Larry Johnson sent out a tweet that seemed to defy the conventions of grammar and logic. However, it did clearly contain a homophobic slur.

Players tweeting their complaints about refs and officials seems to be a common theme across sports leagues.

Chad Ochocinco probably takes the cake when it comes to outlandish tweets. There’s really not enough room here to relay the NFL player’s wisdom, so just google his name; he’s an interesting human being.

Phoenix Coyotes player Paul Bissonnette has told the Globe and Mail he approves of the NHL’s new social media policy, while Michael Grabner with the New York Islanders says he doesn’t think it will have much of an impact on players or their tweeting habits.